The Dutch: Creativity in the Face of Nature


Yehuda Cohen, PhD (Author) – Independent Researcher, Formerly – A Postdoctoral Researcher at the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Post-Nationality in the European Union’s East and North
BISAC: HIS010020

This volume examines the evolution of the Dutch along with their entire history, identifying the correlation between Dutch history and their unique motives. In this regard, it is unprecedented; thus, it retrieves the following new insights as to Dutch nationality, if any, and its prospective future.

Since the main difficulties facing the Dutch were the forces of nature, they developed a practical approach to overcoming obstacles, devoid of hostility engendered in people whose main opponents are human. The Dutch, therefore, uplifted themselves with their predisposition toward practical resolutions.

When, during WWII, Germany conquered the Netherlands, the unique Dutch way of life, including pillarization, was not threatened, thus the Dutch cooperated with the German conquerors, exhibiting their status as an ethnicity rather than a nationality, since their most cherished treasure was their unique way of life – not political independence. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Series Preface



Chapter 1. From Antiquity to the Beginning of the Middle Ages

Chapter 2. From the Middle Ages to the Eve of the Dutch Golden Age

Chapter 3. From the Eve of the Dutch Golden Age up to Napoleon

Chapter 4. From after Napoleon until the Eve of World War I

Chapter 5. Eve of World War I till Outbreak of World War II

Chapter 6. World War II, Indonesia, European Community

Chapter 7. The Essence of the Dutch

Alphabetic References


About the Author


The current volume and series (as its companion series) take a stab at the EU’s future and the entwined question: Is that currently entertained notion of post-nationality, a phenomenon that has evolved in Europe after World War II, is now being transformed into a unified, singular super-nationality that the Europeans would become emotionally interlaced with, one that would win their loyalty.
These are matters of current value and interest to every intelligent individual in Europe (and certainly to every business and governmental entity), as it is of interest to non-European intelligentsia. This question has assumed, these days, burning actuality in the UK. Moreover, it is a core of insight for understanding the true motives of the Pan-Europeans in extending economic succor to a country that is not able to stand on its own two feet. It turns out that the motives of the Europeans in assisting Greece are more inspired by a sense of European unity than by sober financial considerations, a touchstone for the understanding – delineated in the volumes of this and the previous series – that in Europe, and probably not only in Europe, there is no room for a nationality vacuum; human beings, possess an urge for associating nationally, and if that is no longer offered within the framework of an individual state, then they would seek to attain it in a broader framework, taking into account cultural affinities or joint regional fate, as is the situation in Latin America, and as is the case in the United States and Canada.

Since, as our volumes indicate, the UK would eventually depart the EU, it is possible that the historical kinship of the Anglo-Saxon world would lead Britain to form in the foreseeable future a commonwealth with Canada and the United States.

All these issues are addressed in depth in our volumes on post-national Europe. They are not engaged in the limited scope of one academic discipline or another (e.g., research on Nationalism or EU research). This is a hot topical issue at the center of interest of educated people within and without the world of academia

“Dr. Cohen’s keen insight, as demonstrated in his groundbreaking book about the Dutch, reveals those characteristics that make the Dutch unique. This volume belongs to a series that deals with national and post-national Europe presenting a type of nationalism that diverges from that which dominated the lives of Europeans from the mid-19th century till the middle of the 20th. Dr. Cohen refines and enriches our understanding of nationalism and its relation to the future of the EU.” – Prof. Gabriel Sheffer, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

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